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Monday, December 6, 2010, was the first day of work for Marc S. Bashoor in his capacity as Acting Fire Chief. He attended the swearing-in ceremony for County Executive Rushern Baker, visited several Fire/EMS Stations, made and received countless phone calls and e-mails and attended the Inaugural Ball. All that in one day’s work and he had not yet even stepped into his Largo headquarters office. That changed Tuesday with what has seemed to be a series of non-stop events, incidents and meetings.
|County Executive Baker and Acting Fire Chief Bashoor meet with the |
Fire/EMS Department Command Staff at the Largo Fire/EMS Department HQ.
Marc is a tenured fire service instructor, serving as an adjunct instructor with the Texas A&M University, National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center. He also serves as an adjunct instructor with the Emergency Responder Safety Institute as well as with the Regional Education Service Agency in Martinsburg, West Virginia. Marc was recognized by the Maryland Police Training Commission as an Incident Command System subject-matter-expert in 2003, and has achieved State of Maryland and National Pro-Board certification as a Fire Officer IV, Fire Instructor III, and Fire Inspector I. Concurrent with his West Virginia duties, Marc has been working for the past three years as a consultant with the United States Veterans Administration Central Office in Washington DC to assist with the development of continuity plans and National Incident Management System implementation across the Veterans Administration. Additionally, Marc served as a West Virginia member of FEMA's Technology Transfer Working Group.
Acting Fire Chief Bashoor’s first week in office has been non-stop. He has made unannounced visits to Fire/EMS Stations greeting personnel and taking the opportunity to ask their views about the Department. Each and every member he has spoken to was posed a question and asked to complete the sentence; “If you were Fire Chief, I would_______.” He invites everyone, including our citizens and residents, to fill in the blanks and let him know what they would do if they were Fire Chief. Send in your response by clicking the highlighted sentence.
|Acting Fire Chief Bashoor addresses the Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association |
at their meeting in Upper Marlboro as Association President Bill Smith looks on.
One of his first official acts was to change the Departments motto from “Keeping It Safe” to “Safety First-Everyone Goes Home.” The newer motto is intended for citizens, residents, visitors and members of the Fire/EMS Department and is a reminder that safety is a priority in whatever you do and ensure that everyone makes it home every day. Acting Chief Bashoor is prepared to make changes to the organizational structure of the Department to help streamline and operate more efficiently.
The first week of his tenure as the leader of the Fire/EMS Department has been constructive and just because there is an upcoming weekend does not mean that Acting Fire Chief Bashoor and the administrative work and planning will take a break. Expect to see the lights on at Fire/EMS Department Headquarters for some time.